A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Basketball teams, after the perfunctory lay-up drill, fall into the crowded isolation and personal style of 10 city kids shooting at the same basket or playing one-on-one.
In sixth grade, my basketball team made it to the league championships. In double overtime, with three seconds left, I rebounded the ball and passed it - to the wrong team! They scored at the buzzer and we lost the game. To this day, I still have nightmares!
Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.
When you're picking a basketball team, you'll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you're playing the odds.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
I can't make every decision for you. I don't have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk
The most important thing in coaching is communication. It's not what you say as much as what they absorb.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind.
Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal.
In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win.
The most important quality I look for in a player is accountability. You've got to be accountable for who you are. It's too easy to blame things on someone else.
Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.
Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I've been blessed.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
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